He receives $500 toward the district program of his choice
■ CHRONICLE NEWS SERVICE
Eric Dahlstrom, Tahquitz High School’s principal, received the Hemet Unified School District’s (HUSD) Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award on Oct. 18. Dahlstrom was nominated by Governing Board Trustee Eugene Hikel.
Dahlstrom earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Aquinas College in 1998 and his master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in June 2005. He expects to complete his doctorate at Brandman University next year.
He began his HUSD career in August 2006 as a teacher at Santa Fe Middle School. He served as assistant principal at Santa Fe and Rancho Viejo middle schools before becoming the principal of Dartmouth Middle School in July 2011. Dahlstrom has been the principal of Tahquitz High School since July 2016.
“Eric is a great example of a servant leader; he models the way, he is thoughtful, reflective and willing to have courageous conversations with staff and students,” said Alex Sponheim, the HUSD public information officer, in a news release. “Eric led his site through a challenging start with grace and positivity.”
Dahlstrom recently hosted the District’s Welcome Back Breakfast and last week’s Classified Professional Development days. He goes above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome on his campus, says Sponheim.
Hikel presented Dahlstrom with the Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award and a $500 certificate to be used toward the District program of his choice.